Donor Profile: Bob Venero P'21, '24

Donor Profile: Bob Venero P'21, '24

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Bob Venero, CEO of Future Tech Enterprise, Inc.

For Venero, success and giving back go hand-in-hand. They are core components of the culture he has built as CEO and founder of Future Tech Enterprise, Inc.

Always remember that you’ll never get a ‘yes’ if you don’t ask the question. Be determined to learn and seek out information. Find the clubs, fellow students, and teachers who will be the most positive influences on you and your future aspirations. Strive for success, support others, and find your purpose.

— Bob Venero P'21, '24

For Bob Venero, P’21,’24, the best part about his sons attending Fairfield University, “is how the school inspires a drive for success with a sense of purpose.”

Venero’s older son, Joseph, is a class of ’21 business major, and younger son Nicholas is an incoming first-year majoring in information systems.

“There are so many things about Fairfield that are attractive to parents and students,” he said. “Right away, you have a beautiful campus. There is an enviable student-to-professor ratio, diverse academic opportunities, and a powerful alumni network that includes leaders in nearly every industry. Also, you have a spirit of philanthropy and giving back that I believe is so essential for young students to embrace as they strive to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

Headquartered in Holbrook, N.Y., Future Tech is a global IT solutions provider that specializes in supporting Fortune 500 companies. In the past six months, the company has earned Partner of the Year Awards from companies like Dell Technologies, Nvidia, APC by Schneider, and others.

In addition, since founding Future Tech in 1996, Venero has driven the company’s support of various educational, healthcare, and veterans organizations, including The Andrea Bocelli Foundation, Northwell Health, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

At Fairfield, Venero has consis- tently given back and supported the Stags community in vari-
ous ways. Along with financial donations, he has sponsored the annual Fairfield University Startup Showcase, which brings together alumni, local business partners, industry leaders, and the University community to celebrate entrepreneurship at its finest. For several contestants, Venero has also served as a mentor, sharing his best prac- tices on how to be a successful entrepreneur.

Venero donated a $10,000 engineering desktop chair, called the “Emperor Chair,” made
by MWE Labs and featuring Fairfield University branding. He is also helping the University expand its e-sports capabilities through a donation of new equipment for a soon-to-be opened gaming center. And late last year, Venero sponsored a special event at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business entitled “Celebrating Women Leaders in Technology.” The event was featured in local media and drew notable speakers, including Lori Groth, chief information officer, Industrial, Stanley Black & Decker; Francesca Lancer, chief financial officer of Hive IO; Cristina Dolan, renowned block- chain expert and the chief executive officer of InsideCHAINS; and Fairfield alumna Vanessa Forbes ’07.

As he and his wife, Tracey, look ahead to future years sup- porting the Fairfield community, Venero offered advice he hopes young students will follow. “Always remember that you’ll never get a ‘yes’ if you don’t ask the question. Be determined to learn and seek out information. Find the clubs, fellow students, and teachers who will be the most positive influences on you and your future aspirations. Strive for success, support others, and find your purpose.”

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